San Blas Hotels and Lodging
The Kuna people of San Blas islands offer a variety of accommodation to suit almost every budget. The more expensive options usually provide better views, comfy beds, private full bathrooms, running water, and better food. Nearly all of them are on pictures, uninhabited islands and feature plush sand beaches, hammocks, and two tours daily. The more basic options will be a little more bare-bones. Some offer little more than a hut in the sand, few have running water, and most only offer shared baths. Some of the less expensive options are still located on beautiful white sand islands, while others are located amongst local communities. The San Blas islands cover a large area and there are only two forms of transport to get to them. You either take a 4x4 from Panama City to Carti or you fly from Allbrook airport to a San Blas airport. For more info on this please see How to get there section of each San Blas Hotel
Top Recommendations – Land Transport Only
Located on Isla Ogobsibu, with only four cabanas for accommodation this petite, grassy, coconut crowned island is a quiet retreat. Hotel Coco Blanco offers unparalleled rustic tranquillity in San Blas Islands.
The limited private cabanas all have sea views. A beautiful white sand, nice sized beach, perfect for lazing in the sun reading a book, or having a swim and snorkel. The island is covered in a thin grass with lots of hammocks to relax and check out the great views. One of the quieter and more picturesque islands in the San Blas.
Beautiful large beach, so close to the shipwreck, there is a mix of private and dorm style cabanas with shared bathrooms. A small bar and restaurant and allot beach makes this Island very relaxing. Swim over to the shipwreck to see some amazing life and the large ship ruins.
Top Recommendations – Flight Only Transfer
The best choice for quality and luxury in the San Blas island archipelago. Yandup offers 10 spacious ocean front lodges scattered strategically around the island for comfort and privacy.
Set on a large coral reef in the San Blas islands, crowned by coconut palms and surrounded by the warm waters of the Caribbean. The lodge offers great views of a few other San Blas islands and the dense rain forest on the distant Panamanian coastline.
Consists of six beautiful and spacious cabanas architectural designed to reflect the spirit of the Kuna culture. The lodges here are considered a notch above most of the other offerings in San Blas.
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One of the most comfortable hotels in the San Blas island archipelago. The lodge has just 5 private rooms built out on stilts over the ocean, offering views of the other San Blas islands including a local town island as well as the mainland.
Dad Ibe Lodge is one of the most private islands in the San Blas archipelago. The lodge has just 3 private cabins built out on over the ocean, offering stunning views of the two nearby uninhabited islands
Kuna Niskua Lodge is located in the heart of a bustling Kuna community with no beach on the island. This is a good option if you want to experience the interesting culture of the Kuna people. There are 10 basic rooms and all have private bathrooms and some running water.
Located near the San Blas airport of El Porvenir Cabanas Ukuptupu offers a range of economic and very basic hut style accommodation. No beach on the island. They offer San Blas island island day tours and three basic meals a day.
Located adjacent to San Blas islands, Panama on the coast of the province of Colon, Coral Lodge is a great option if you want an experience a little luxury. Coral Lodge offers 6 eco friendly cabanas over the water, two restaurants, golden beach, and tropical rain forests.
Is a great option for those tight on time. It offers simple rooms, with private bathrooms, showers, and some running water. This hotel shares the island with the the airport so if you’re up for it, you can see the plane land each morning.
Located close to the El Porvenir airport, this over the water hotel has a feeling of home, the family that run the Hotel are very friendly. The rooms are spacious and have private bathrooms. There is a wrap around balcony with a few chairs to sit and watch the villagers fly by on their boats, or watch the plane fly in and out of the airport.
There are two private cabanas that sit over the rocky ocean frontage not to far from the restaurant, under which the resident turtle lives. There is a great long beach with fantastic turquoise water. More Cabanas are on grassy land with shared bathrooms and only a few meters to the beach.
Casso Kuna Yala only has a couple of cabanas on their site, giving you more privacy and a more personal touch with the family there, and to top it off the cabana are looking out to the most beautiful beach on the Island, it has a slightly larger beach, and crystal clear water only metres away from your cabana.
A rather busy during the day with all the boat passengers coming to the island to play football, volleyball or just relax and have a cold beer. Turquoise warm water, great beaches and a bit of forestry to explore in the centre. Chi chi me takes around 15 minutes to walk around it, making it one of the larger islands.
Located on the busy island of Isla Perro Chico Assudab Bibbi isn’t huge. The reason Isla Perro is so busy is due to the ship wreck that mysteriously sank there 40 years ago, no one knows why or how really, but it’s now a great reef with a lot of life hanging around it. Is a busy island with day trippers
This Island is often visited by passing groups. Play a game of volleyball, or chill out with a cold cerveza! The beach lies to the south and is out of the current so the water stays shallow for a few meters off parts of the shore so it’s great for just lazing around in the warm clear calm water.
Beautiful white sandy beaches and clear water surround this medium sized island, there are a mixture of private wooden floor cabanas with private balconies and a dorm cabana at one end of the Island, with separate bar offering a chilled out atmosphere and the restaurant has nice views from its tables.
Brand new cabanas and amenities are being built now. Demar Achdup has another Island very close to it creating a narrow calm spot perfect for laying around in warm water. A nice sized beach at the front of the island, allot of coco nut trees in the middle and the cabanas are spread out for privacy.
Private Cabanas, Dorms or Camping is available on this island all with shared bathrooms. Large restaurant area has plenty of seating, and there are hammocks or benches around to relax and read a book or have a volley ball match on the beach.The beach is a nice size with amazing turquoise water.
The Kuna Yala Indians are steeped in a centuries old way of life. While they try to make foreigners comfortable visitors should be aware that all accommodations and services are rustic by Western standards. Facilities vary dramatically so be sure to read the description well before choosing which San Blas Hotel is for you. Also very important to note: The staff of some hotels only speak Spanish and Dulegaya (a Kuna dialect of Chibcha), so if you’re linguistically challenged, make sure you pick a place where communication won’t be a barrier. Please also remember that a hotel in San Blas will not equate to a hotel of the equivalent value in Panama City. It will be more rustic, and you are in San Blas to enjoy the nature, the beaches and the people. The Kuna Yala Indians and The San Blas Islands are one of the few real desert island, indigenous experiences left in the world…Don’t miss it.
Ultimate San Blas Tour
Space is limited December-April
Our NEW 3 day and 2 night San Blas island tour is fast becoming the best option for people wanting to explore the islands and have a fun filled experience with English speaking guide. We have activities that include snorkelling, kayaking, fishing, ultimate Frisbee, boogie boarding, barbecue, cocktails and more…This is the best option available in the San Blas for those who dont mind the camping experience. Camp meters from the waters edge with a beautiful clean beach. Interact with the locals and enjoy the trip of a lifetime in one of the few remaining desert island paradises.